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Fighting climate change with hydrogen technologies should be the main issue of the European elections

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The people of the United Kingdom are lucky that they have a chance to vote in the Euopean parliamentary elections of 2019. If Theresa May and the Brexit wing of her party had had their way, then the United Kingdom would have left the EU on 29th March this year, excluding the British people from […]

Three lessons for Brexit for the Huawei affair

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Yesterday’s sacking of Gavin Williamson, following an investigation into the leaking of a decision of the National Security Council on the use of Huawei components in the UK’s 5G network, was a big shock, both for its speed and its timing (don’t forget to vote today BTW). There’s nothing to be gained at this stage in […]

Boycotts, opportunity costs and the European elections

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One of the drivers – apart from the need to be seen to getting on with it – for Theresa May to submit the UK’s notification to withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2017 was to ensure that the UK had left before the next European elections, due 23 May 2019. Fast-forward a bit […]

Climate changes dwarfs Brexit

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Those who don’t think 16-year-olds should have a vote, should listen to the powerful and awe inspiring speech by the 16-year-old climate change activist, Greta Thunberg. Then, you might consider, that not only are 16-year-olds capable of voting; they are more capable of leading the world than many of our current leaders. In a rousing […]

Brexit means destroying the pro-Europe legacy of all past Prime Ministers since 1957

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All the past British Prime Ministers since 1957 wanted Britain to be a member of the European Community. Could they all have been wrong? In the past 62 years, there’s only one Prime Minister who wants us to turn our back on Europe – the current incumbent, Theresa May. (However, before she became Prime Minister, […]

Collapsing the ambiguities

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xitIn a moment when so much is changing so fast, it’s hard to know where to begin in trying to make sense of it all. From the upheaval of Parliamentary procedure to the sudden reaching-across-the-aisle by Theresa May, even that which was unthinkable seems to be both thinkable and actually happening. With that in mind, […]

Britain doesn’t want Brexit

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Over a million people marched in London yesterday demanding a new People’s Vote on Brexit. The tide has turned. There is now no doubt that Britain doesn’t want Brexit. Today Remainers outnumber Leavers. There are no longer 17.4 million Leave supporters. According to analysis of recent polling, there are now only around 14.8 million Leave […]

Brexit: Support your MP to do what’s right

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The first duty of all MPs is to put the safety of the country first. Contrary to popular belief, MPs are not beholden to follow the opinions of their constituents. That means that MPs in constituencies that voted for Leave are not under any legal or constitutional duty to support Leave if they believe that […]

Brexit has sunk our democracy

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The Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, this week described the vote by UK MPs to block a no-deal Brexit in any circumstances as, “the Titanic voting for the iceberg to get out of the way.” It’s worse than that. The entire Brexit fiasco has sunk our democracy, leading the country to disaster. Yes, Brexit is […]

After Brexit, the Tories want to scrap our Human Rights Act

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The Tories are planning a bonfire of our rights after Brexit, with the top priority being to scrap our Human Rights Act and replace it with a watered down ‘Bill of Rights’. That’s been the long-term goal of the Tories, but they can’t do it whilst we are in the European Union. That’s because, although […]

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